MyCurator Version 1.2.2

With version 1.2.2 of MyCurator we have focused on adding a lot of formatting options that have been suggested by our clients.  In fact, the Options menu has been revamped to use tabs, breaking up the options into Basic, Curation, Format and Admin.  We have updated our Options documentation to describe each of the new features.

Video Curation

Our major new feature is focused support for Video curation.  We have created a new Topic Type of Video which allows MyCurator to find and embed videos directly into posts.  With a Video topic, you want to do a minimum of filtering because there is frequently very little text on the web page where it is embedded (especially the major channels such as YouTube, Vimeo etc).  We have also found that the best source is a Google Alert with a Result Type of Video which uses Google’s search engine to find and filter the web pages.  A new Option under the Curation tab tells MyCurator to try and embed the video it finds on a web page into the excerpt of the Training Page post.

Make sure to read the documentation on Options and Topics to find out more.  We’ll also have a blog post soon going into more detail.  Finally, this is our first effort at Video curation and we would love to hear your experiences, comments and feature requests based on your experience using it, just Contact Us.

Insert Image into Post

In addition to using the Featured Image, you now have the option to insert the first image found directly into the post created MyCurator.   The image will be the very first item in the post content, followed by the excerpt.  The image size and alignment are controlled by two new options, but you can over-ride them in the post editor as needed for any individual post.  For most themes, you will want to choose either the Featured Image or this new inserted image option.  If you choose both, you may see two images on your live site.  For some themes though, this may be OK as they display the featured image on the ‘blog’ page and then the inserted image on the single post page.

Formatting Options

We have added a number of options to let you control the format of the basic post created by MyCurator from articles found on the web.  Important Note: the first 2 options will not take effect on older articles in your training page.  Only articles added after the options are clicked will be affected by the new formatting.

  1. Attribution Link Text – You can now separate the introduction text and the anchor text for an attribution link to the original article.  You can also choose to use the article title as the anchor text instead of the domain where the article was found.  You can also choose to have the link open the original article website in another tab, keeping your site tab available.  Finally, we have wrapped the complete attribution link in a <p> tag with the CSS selector id=’mct-ai-attriblink’.  This allows you to add some custom CSS to your theme to format the link text the way you want, such as centered, special font characteristics or sizes.  All of these options only apply to attribution links to the original article, not the saved readable page (the CSS tags are used though).
  2. Block Quotes – You can now have the excerpt saved as a paragraph rather than enclosed in block quotes.
  3. Training Page Articles – You can now set how many articles show up on the Training page.  Setting this to a higher number allows you to work through more articles at a time.

Immediate date on Publish/Draft

When you [Make Live] a post on your training page, you now have the option to set the date used.  With this option set (in the Curation tab), if you publish directly to the live blog, the post will have the date and time when you click [Make Live] (or trained as good, depending on your curation options).  If you edit the post before it is published, the post will still be in Draft mode, but it will have the date of ‘Immediately’.  Currently, and by default, the post has the date when it was created on your training page, which may be several days old.

Twitter Duplicate Posts

If you are using twitter searches as some of your sources, you’ve probably noticed more and more duplicates.  While MyCurator weeds out articles with the same URL, many twitter articles are using ‘tracking’ codes attached to their URL.  This makes them look like different articles.  With this realease, we are removing the tracking codes and using only the domain and path of the article URL.  This should cut out a lot of duplicate articles coming from twitter.  It will take a few days to capture the new URLs, but you should see a noticeable decrease in duplicates after that.

Get It & Source It now Close Automatically

After 2 seconds, the Get It and Source It windows will close automatically when successful.  They will stay open if there is an error in processing.